By Weijun CHEN


Documentary - Completed 2019

This ve´rite´ film follows a series of conflicts and compromises between the urban administrators and an aging fruit vendor who takes advantage of public streets to do his business in Wuhan, the largest city in Central China.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CHINA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Weijun CHEN
    • Synopsis
    • Wang Tiancheng and his son, both with disabilities, left their rural home in Henan province more than a decade ago and have been making a living in Wuhan city. The city management bureau in Wuhan first offered help and built them a newspaper kiosk. However, Wang Tiancheng expanded the business onto the street without permission, resulting in chronic disorder and traffic congestion on Lumo Road.

      For years the city wanted to take action, but was mindful of destroying Wang’s livelihood. In June 2014, it conducted a covert investigation, which revealed that Wang’s family had enough incomes to operate an in-store business. The city management bureau felt it had enough ground, and it began to pull down Wang’s sprawling street-side expansion. Wang Tiancheng fought tooth and nail, taking extreme measures including verbally assaulting the officers and inflicting injuries upon himself, in order to pressure the officers to end the enforcement. The urban management bureau, working with other departments, barricaded Wang Tiancheng and served him his violations of the law.

      This was only the beginning. Both the urban management bureau and Wang employed shifting tactics. The bureau opted to talk with Wang’s son, while on the other hand, Wang kept his plan of fighting while negotiating, stirring up the conflict.

      Eventually, the Wang family accepted the order to have the kiosk knocked down, and the urban management officers made new arrangements for its business.The Wang family’s dream had always been affording the granddaughter a life as a true member of the urban class, while the bureau had high hopes that proper governance could get rid of Wuhan’s chaos and congestion.
      With each pursuing its version of a city dream, the two sides would continue to clash as they challenged each other using both force and wits.